Technical Expert – Disaster Management Authority


Technical Expert – Disaster Management Authority G6 (122043)

WFP Lesotho seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balanceABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS


Education: BA in Social Sciences, Metereology and Climate science, Agricuture, Food Security or related field.

Experience: At least three years work experience in disaster risk reduction, food security, early warning.ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The Technical  Expert will be under the overall supervision of the Project Coordinator and technical guidance from Head of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) in World Food Programme.JOB PURPOSE

WFP Lesotho Country Office and Disaster Management Authority under the Adaptation Fund Project  aim to strengthen access to tailored climate services by vulnerable communities to improve decision making for food security and livelihoods.KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. In liason with the Lesotho Meteorological Services, support the development of tailored climate products that meet the needs of end-users, including both local planners and vulnerable and food insecure communities.
  2. Ensure that an anthropologically informed climate perceptions study is undertaken to understand the users’ needs for climate services and barriers to uptake of climate information, while ensuring that all relavent users and key stakeholders develop different products to support better climate risk management and long-term adaptation.
  3. Implement activities that strengthen access to better climate and weather information through the most suitable dissemination channels and engage key partners to ensure sustainability.
  4. Based on community needs assessments, identify potential service providers and dissemination channels for capacity strengthening (e.g. radio, schools, theatre groups, farmers’ organisations, magazines, pamphlets, etc.and establish partnerships.)
  5. Provide training for key stakeholders including media, Non Governmental Organisations, community representatives etc., to enhance effective communication related to climate change, including expected impacts in target districts and short- and long-term variability.
  6. Capacitate partners on seasonal forecasts (how to access, translate and communicate key information to different audiences through different methodologies).
  7. Disseminate the targeted messages on an ongoing basis.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.
  •  Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.
  •  Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.


  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders;
  • Willingness to build capacity of others through formal and informal training processes;
  • Ability to facilitate and train different audiences; ability to prepare relevant documentation and training materials;
  • Ability to meet agreed deadlines;
  • Ability to write and disseminate reports;
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally.


At least three years work experience in disaster risk reduction, food security, early warning.TERMS AND CONDITIONSDEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

Deadline for submission of applications is 27 May 2020

Apply here!